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Bug 4482 - /dev/printer is a socket, not a device
Summary: /dev/printer is a socket, not a device
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: dev
Version: 6.0
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: David Lawrence
QA Contact:
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 1999-08-11 22:15 UTC by Matthew Galgoci
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 1999-08-12 15:01:10 UTC

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Description Matthew Galgoci 1999-08-11 22:15:04 UTC
Included in the dev rpm is /dev/printer, which shouldn't.
This is a unix socket that is normally created each time
that lpd is started so that the userland lp utils can
communicate with the lpd daemon.

The presence of the socket in the package seems to be
confusing a lot of folks who assume that the disappearance
of /dev/printer is a direct cause of print failure when
it is in fact a side effect.

Please remove /dev/printer from the dev rpm package. :)

Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 1999-08-12 15:01:59 UTC
fixed in dev-

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